Volunteer in the Parks

Let your park enthusiasm translate to volunteering! The 1,100 acres of the Emerald Necklace need willing hands and hearts to fully restore the vision of Frederick Law Olmsted. Join the Conservancy email list and you will receive invitations to programs, clean-ups and planting projects.


Emerald Leaders

Applications Open
Share your passion for the Emerald Necklace! Emerald Leaders are specially trained volunteers and are integral members of the Conservancy’s stewardship team. Help build and maintain a dedicated team of passionate volunteers!

Applications are open! Click here to learn more.

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Tuesdays with Roses

Kelleher Rose Garden, Back Bay Fens
Season begins May 2020! | Tuesday evenings,  5:30 – 7:30 pm

Volunteers work in the Rose Garden deadheading and pruning roses and weeding the rose beds and borders. Training and tools provided.

Tuesday with Roses will resume in May 2020. Thank you for your support in 2019!

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Woodlands Volunteer Corps (Second Saturdays)

Franklin and Olmsted Parks
Second Saturdays of the Month, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Help implement a comprehensive woodlands management program and promote a healthier forest through activities ranging from removing invasive plant species to conditioning forest soil.

Woodlands Volunteer Corps will resume in Spring 2020.


For more information or to create your own volunteer event, contact us at volunteer@emeraldnecklace.org or 617.522.2700.

To Volunteer:

Contact us at volunteer@emeraldnecklace.org for more information.

For more information on volunteering in the Emerald Necklace as a Corporate Partner, click here.


Volunteer Information:

What to bring: Long pants, closed toe shoes, hat, all weather clothing, snack, sunscreen and a water bottle.
What is provided: All necessary tools, gloves and instruction.
What to expect: Emerald Necklace Conservancy volunteer work days are typically 3 hours long and involve some type of ecological restoration work such as planting trees or wildflowers, controlling erosion, building trails, or managing invasive species. We’ll teach you everything you need to know about safety and technique, provide you with tools and materials, and help you make a difference in our amazing parks. Expect to have fun, meet people who love the outdoors, and get dirty!
What about the weather: Projects are weather dependent.